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Evaluate the Language Techniques Used in 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens

In this worksheet, students will evaluate the language devices used in the poem 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens. They will also gain an understanding of the wider context of the poem.

'Evaluate the Language Techniques Used in 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA

Curriculum topic:   Poetry

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'The Emigree'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

For this activity, you will need to turn to the poem 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens, which can be found in the Power and Conflict section of your Anthology.

 

 

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'The Emigree' is a poem about a person who was forced to leave their home country and journey to foreign shores to be safe. The narrator looks back with affection at the land they once called home, but which is now possibly run by a tyrant or caught up in war.

 

This poem focuses on the mind and memory of the speaker who had to flee danger as a child. In their imagination, their former city is still lit with sunlight - a motif for optimism and happiness.

 

 In the following questions, you will be asked to evaluate the language devices used in the poem.

In order to evaluate the language devices in 'The Emigree', we need to understand the meaning of the poem. Read the poem and match the questions to the answers below:

 

Column A

Column B

When did the narrator leave her home country?
It is at war and she has no passport
What is wrong with the country she left behind?
It is at war and ruled by tyrants
Why can't the narrator go back to her country?
When she was a child
How does the narrator feel about her country?
She looks back on it with affection and feels bad ...

Now that you have read the poem 'The Emigree', choose one of these summaries which you think best explains the poem.

 

The poem is about the happiness that people feel when they get to move to a new country

The poem discusses the sadness of people who are forced to leave their home countries due to conflict

The poem describes the differences between the landscape and cultures of different countries

Let's recap your knowledge of language devices, so that we know what to look for in the poem.

 

 

timepiece and writing

 

 

Match the language device to the definition.

Column A

Column B

Alliteration
Two words placed together with different meanings ...
Simile
Comparing two or more objects with the words "like...
Onomatopoeia
Describing an inanimate object or animal with huma...
Metaphor
Words beginning with the same letter sounds
Personification
Words which sound like the effect they describe
Oxymoron
Direct comparison of two things without using the ...

​ Read the following metaphor from 'The Emigree' which describes the narrator's country:

 

"The bright filled paperweight..."

 

glass globe paperweight

 

What is the effect of this language device?

 

It shows how the narrator feels that her country is trapped in time like the inside of a paperweight

It shows how the narrator feels that her country is stuck in a paperweight and her memories will always be positive

It shows that the narrator wishes that she could free her country from the new rulers

In the following quotation, the narrator uses personification to describe her country,

 

"It may be sick with tyrants..."

 

 

What is the effect of this language device?

 

It creates a sympathetic view of the country which has been damaged by the new rulers

It creates a negative view of the country now that it has been ruined

It creates the impression that the country needs her help

Read the following quotation from the poem 'The Emigree', which personifies the country:

 

"The graceful slopes glow even clearer as time rolls its tanks"

 

 

tanks

 

 

What is the effect of this language device?

 

It creates the impression of the tanks all rolling down the hill

It creates the idea that as time goes on, the country is in an even worse state

It creates the impression that even though time passes, the narrators memories only become clearer

Read the following SIMILE from 'The Emigree', which describes how the narrator feels about her language:

 

"It lies down in from of me, docile as paper"

 

 

paper

 

 

What is the effect of this language device?

 

The narrator is angry that she has lost the use of her original language

The narrator feels sad that her language is of no use in the new country

The narrator wants to go back to her home country so that she can be understood again

Re-read the quotation from the last question,

 

"It lies down in front of me, docile as paper"

 

Can you explain the effect of the language device used in this quotation?

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain with deeper detail.

 

 

 

 

 

The narrator uses metaphor to describe how she cannot forget her country.

 

beautiful country

 

 

Read the following quotation from 'The Emigree' and underline one word which you think describes the point above.

\"I am branded by an impression of sunlight...\"

Re-read the quotation from the last question:

 

"I am branded by an impression of sunlight"

 

 

sunlight

 

 

Can you explain the effect of the language device used in this quotation?

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain with deeper detail.

  • Question 1

In order to evaluate the language devices in 'The Emigree', we need to understand the meaning of the poem. Read the poem and match the questions to the answers below:

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

When did the narrator leave her h...
When she was a child
What is wrong with the country sh...
It is at war and ruled by tyrants
Why can't the narrator go back to...
It is at war and she has no passp...
How does the narrator feel about ...
She looks back on it with affecti...
EDDIE SAYS
This poem has a deep sense of conflict in terms of emotions and memory, the poet is torn between her childhood memory which is of a country she loved and her adult understanding of what her country is like now. She cannot believe that her county is now a terrible place full of war and destruction.
  • Question 2

Now that you have read the poem 'The Emigree', choose one of these summaries which you think best explains the poem.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The poem discusses the sadness of people who are forced to leave their home countries due to conflict
EDDIE SAYS
The poem 'The Emigree' discusses the issue of emigration and how a person might feel when they are forced to leave their home country. There is a lot of sadness in the poem when the narrator describes how she loves and misses the place where she grew up.
  • Question 3

Let's recap your knowledge of language devices, so that we know what to look for in the poem.

 

 

timepiece and writing

 

 

Match the language device to the definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Alliteration
Words beginning with the same let...
Simile
Comparing two or more objects wit...
Onomatopoeia
Words which sound like the effect...
Metaphor
Direct comparison of two things w...
Personification
Describing an inanimate object or...
Oxymoron
Two words placed together with di...
EDDIE SAYS
Well done if you got them all! Language devices are a great way for poets to create imagery and tone. They also get you more marks in the exam, if you can identify them! Remember to always look out for language devices and try to use them when you are analysing a quotation.
  • Question 4

​ Read the following metaphor from 'The Emigree' which describes the narrator's country:

 

"The bright filled paperweight..."

 

glass globe paperweight

 

What is the effect of this language device?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
It shows how the narrator feels that her country is stuck in a paperweight and her memories will always be positive
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "the bright filled paperweight" is an example of a metaphor and shows the reader exactly how the narrator feels about country. For her, the sunny scene is frozen in time, like the inside of a paperweight.
  • Question 5

In the following quotation, the narrator uses personification to describe her country,

 

"It may be sick with tyrants..."

 

 

What is the effect of this language device?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
It creates a sympathetic view of the country which has been damaged by the new rulers
EDDIE SAYS
In the quotation "It may be sick with Tyrants" it is the word "sick" which personifies the country as this is a feeling that we would usually associate with a human. It creates a sympathetic view of the country, as we are given the impression that it is being ruined.
  • Question 6

Read the following quotation from the poem 'The Emigree', which personifies the country:

 

"The graceful slopes glow even clearer as time rolls its tanks"

 

 

tanks

 

 

What is the effect of this language device?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
It creates the impression that even though time passes, the narrators memories only become clearer
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "The graceful slopes glow even clearer as time rolls its tanks" is an example of personification, as it is giving "time" the human ability to be able to "roll" something - in this case, tanks. It creates the impression that as time goes on she loves her country even more, despite the destruction that is happening.
  • Question 7

Read the following SIMILE from 'The Emigree', which describes how the narrator feels about her language:

 

"It lies down in from of me, docile as paper"

 

 

paper

 

 

What is the effect of this language device?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The narrator feels sad that her language is of no use in the new country
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "It lies down in front of me, docile as paper" is an example of a simile, as the narrator is describing her language as something that is docile (something that is ready to accept control) like paper. This conveys the idea that she feels sad that her original language is no longer able to be used.
  • Question 8

Re-read the quotation from the last question,

 

"It lies down in front of me, docile as paper"

 

Can you explain the effect of the language device used in this quotation?

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain with deeper detail.

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example answer: The narrator describes her sadness over the loss of her original language, which she now feels is useless. She uses a simile to describe how her language "lies down in front of me, docile as paper" which creates the impression that her language is "docile" and is under the control of her new country where it doesn't mean anything. She also personifies her language by saying it "lies down in front of me" which makes it seem like her language has given up.

Although the whole of this question is marked out of 30, for this answer the student will only be making one point (AQA recommends that a student makes 3 comparison points throughout the essay) so we will mark this answer out of 6.
In order to gain full marks on this question the student should have written an extended paragraph that follows the PEE structure.
You should find a point, an example and an explanation.
The paragraph should include a quotation, language technique and some evaluation.

  • Question 9

The narrator uses metaphor to describe how she cannot forget her country.

 

beautiful country

 

 

Read the following quotation from 'The Emigree' and underline one word which you think describes the point above.

CORRECT ANSWER
"I am branded by an impression of sunlight..."
EDDIE SAYS
The poet uses the word "branded" (which is a process when a human or animal is marked with hot iron to show ownership) to show that her memory of her country will never leave her. This is a metaphor, as she is not really "branded", this is just a good description of how she feels.
  • Question 10

Re-read the quotation from the last question:

 

"I am branded by an impression of sunlight"

 

 

sunlight

 

 

Can you explain the effect of the language device used in this quotation?

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain with deeper detail.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example answer: The narrator explains that she will always be connected to her country by her memories and uses a metaphor to explain how she is "branded by an impression of sunlight". This quotation creates the impression that she has been "branded" like cattle with hot iron, as though her country owns her no matter where she lives in the world. She turns this positive though, by using the metaphor of "sunlight" which suggests that she is stuck with only positive memories of her home country.

Although the whole of this question is marked out of 30, for this answer the student will only be making one point (AQA recommends that a student makes 3 comparison points throughout the essay) so we will mark this answer out of 6.
In order to gain full marks on this question the student should have written an extended paragraph that follows the PEE structure.
You should find a point, an example and an explanation.
The paragraph should include a quotation, language technique and some evaluation.

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